Camus : A Collection of Critical Essays

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An analytical study of the writings of this controversial twentieth-century Algerian-born authorshow more

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  • CD-ROM
  • 147.32 x 205.74 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0131127063
  • 9780131127067

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This sober, sensible biography of the recent Nobel Prize winner and well?? known European author of The Plague and The Fall has for its outstanding meri?? its timeliness. Not only is Camus about to have three plays produced on Broadway, but his native background, Algeria, ?? constantly in the limelight, heightens his current importance. Still a young man- he is only 45 - he has already given lustre to his name. This book describes his working class parentage in Algeria, his youth enjoyed in the freedom of its sunlight and glittering beaches, his service, during the war, with the French resistance, his brief bout with Communism and his even briefer one with marriage, from both of which he has now emerged. Camus is one of the group of young French writers, notably Sartre and Malraux, who are held in very high esteem in the intellectual circles of the world. Camus disowns identification as an existentialist, however, though his nature and continued contests with ?? have given him a pessimistic turn of mind. Life to him is basically absurd, futile, feckless and ironical. His choice of the title, The Myth of Sisyphus??, for his book of essays, indicates his philosophy. There are indications that he is abandoning his nihilistic posture for one more affirmative, based on his interest in Plotinus and St. Augustine, a ??low Algerian. Camus' brilliant style, precision and innate story telling gift have achieved for him high places. This book is sympathetic and factual, but makes little attempt at evaluation, taking the judgment of the Nobel pri?? committee at face value. But it is informative and timely. (Kirkus Reviews)show more